Burgess Hill Town general manager John Rattle has praised Ian Chapman after the club announced he would be taking a short ;eave of absence.
Chapman offered his resignation following the 8-0 defeat to Bognor Regis Town on Tuesday night.
But a club statement from chairman Kevin Newell said: "Ian has agreed to take a short leave of absence, so we can both decide on the best way forward for the club."
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Rattle, who is also the club’s general manager, said: “We have got another game Saturday now and you cant change that. “Obviously it was very disappointing latst night [Bognor result], very disappointing. But we have prepare for a game Saturday.”
It is unknown how long the leave of absence will be.
But Rattle had nothing but praise for Chapman. He said: “Ian has been with the club for seven years and he’s taken the club to a level of football that we never thought we would be playing at.
“Obviously it’s not just a case of walking away. He and Kevin need to discuss the details on that.”
The Hillians are now preparing for tough tie away at Bishops Stortford.
Rattle added: “Simon and I are putting the training together for Thursday night and getting the team ready for Saturday.
“There’s not an easy one and last night showed at the moment, it’s a very clinical league. It wasn’t an 8-0 and we obviously didn’t deserve to win a game of football. This football league is very harsh.”